Greenier, Cecilia G.

Cecilia G. Greenier Services: Have been held. Cecilia G. Greenier, 86, of Las Vegas, N.M., died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at Northeastern Regional Hospital. She was born April 5, 1917, in Delia to Jose R. Gallegos and Juanita Casaus. She was married to Manuel Greenier. Family members said she loved to crochet, sew and read. […]

Sex-crime defendant accepts plea agreement

By Darrell Todd Maurina A 21-year-old accused of sexual assault reported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center Thursday evening for 60 days of sexual offender diagnostic testing. John Jacobs faces up to 18 months in state prison after entering into a plea agreement with prosecutors to one count of attempted criminal sexual penetration. Jacobs […]

Patterson, Ramona

Ramona Patterson Services: Have been held. Ramona L. Patterson, 76, of Fort Sumner, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on March 10, 1927, in Fort Sumner, to Atilano and Rafelita Trujillo Baca. She was a member of St. Anthony Church in Fort Sumner, Ladies’ Auxiliary and […]

De Baca jail may get grant

By Darrell Todd Maurina The De Baca County Jail in Fort Sumner may soon get a $75,000 state grant to make urgently needed repairs on its jail and buy additional equipment for the sheriff’s office, according to County Commission Chairman Powhatan Carter III and Rep. Jose Campos. Meeting Tuesday afternoon, the commission reviewed Friday’s jailbreak […]

Crime-spree suspect breaks from custody

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Fort Sumner man accused of a series of armed robberies and carjackings stretching across three counties on Oct. 12 escaped Friday from De Baca County jail authorities. John C. Cates III, 19, didn’t get very far and was caught 10 minutes later walking near city hall still wearing his jail […]

Billy the Kid back in middle of controversy

By Darrell Todd Maurina Fort Sumner Mayor Raymond Lopez on Tuesday accused the De Baca County sheriff of “trying to cause a war in De Baca County, city versus county” over testing a body buried in Fort Sumner Cemetery to see if it is really Billy the Kid. In a press release, city officials object […]

Area drenched by downpour

By Darrell Todd Maurina Despite a small stream flood warning from the National Weather Service, officials in Quay, De Baca and Curry counties said Wednesday’s rain didn’t do any damage. In fact, Fort Sumner’s 1.06 inches of rain was good for De Baca county, according to county emergency management coordinator Allen Sparks. “The Alamogordo Creek […]

Motion to postpone rape trial passes

By Darrell Todd Maurina The trial for a Clovis man accused of rape has been postponed until Feb. 2. John Jacobs’ trial had been scheduled for today and Wednesday in Curry County District Court. Jacobs’ attorney Gerald Baca said he was not prepared for the Clovis trial because he defended Jacobs in a Portales trial […]

Clovis man cleared of rape charge

By Darrell Todd Maurina Editor’s note: This story contains some graphic descriptions that some readers may find objectionable. PORTALES — A Roosevelt County jury late Friday found John Jacobs innocent of raping a fellow Eastern New Mexico University student. The courtroom audience then erupted — some in tears and others in relief. Judge Stephen Quinn […]

Defense attacks alleged rape victim’s memory

By Mike Linn Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal has opted to withhold the name of the alleged victim in this case. The story contains some graphic descriptions that some readers may find objectionable. PORTALES — The alleged victim in the first of five rape cases against a Clovis man said Thursday in Portales district […]